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Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI GX630 is a notebook aimed at gamers that costs under $1000. It has 4GB DDR2-667, a 9600M GT and a 15.4" TFT that can handle 1280x800, the big price break comes from the processor, an Athlon X2 QL-62 @ 2.0GHz. By using AMD's product, the premium you pay for a C2D and compatible chipset never enters into the price. The testing done by The Tech Report bears out witness to
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there weren't enough choices for the lower end gamer who is looking to spend around $100 for a next generation GPU, if what VR-Zone heard is on the ball. The 4750 will have 1GB GDDR3 and cost you roughly $99, the 4770 will sport 512MB of GDDR5 memory and run around $120. While it is possible AMD is headed for king of the bottom of the market, but they certainly may be leaps and bounds beyond nVIDIA in HTPCs. These new cards are 40nm proccess a
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler. It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC. The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.
Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are wondering just how far a new Phenom II can be pushed, Legit Reviews has a good idea. The 810 can be pushed from 2.6 GHz all the way to
4.95GHz, the 720 BE from 2.8GHz to 4.59Ghz, as long as you use the right cooling. Along with getting an idea of where these processors top out, two other important lessons were learned. The motherboards don't mind having ice form on them and the new Phenoms are quite happy running an operating temperature below -40 degrees.
Subject: Memory | February 16, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With Corsair's new Dominator GTs running at 2.0GHz, they are only 660MHz off of the default speed of a Core i7 720. Though the multipliers are completely different; it is something to see the speed of RAM approaching the same speeds as modern processors. These new Dominators will be be available only by ordering direct from Corsair, so hopefully these 2GHz @ 9-9-9-28 will have gone through even more rigorous
testing than retail DIMMs. HEXUS's testing would verify that, they hit 2,100MHz @ 7-8-7-26 on
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing. Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for. Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices. If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS. The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games. In some ways any audio review is
Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn's Quantum Force X58 BloodRage has a rather interesting red, grey and black theme as well as some serious enthusiast level features. The 4 PCIe slots can run in 2 x 16 lanes or 4 x 8 lanes and a single bank of triple channel DDR3 slots. A force reset button works both as a reset button as well as a system tuner, though NinjaLane found the voltages that it chose to be a little high for their liking. Read the full review to see just why this board deserves the name 'BloodRage'.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Scythe Kama Angle looks a little like a large square cooler cut longways to make a hollow triangle or 'L' shape. In this particular case the name Kama might refer to the flexibility that this shape gives the cooler, there are a lot of ways to fit it into a case with limited space. Cooling is superior to a stock Intel heatsink and can handle some overclocking but it will not replace high end coolers that allow severe overclocking
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today. The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast. The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention. As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.
BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol
Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop. Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model. That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.
Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running. They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip. Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz. The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40
Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s. The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes. While it will not beat out a
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released. From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.